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3 dead, 4 injured in Highway 95 crash

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One adult and two children are dead after a crash on State Highway 95 just north of Elgin Monday morning.

Jeannette Fields of Hutto was driving with her 9-year-old daughter and twin 8-year-olds when her mini-van collided head-on with a Mazda.

All three occupants of the Mazda, including two small passengers, died in the crash. Fields was transported to Brackenridge Hospital in critical, but stable condition. Conditions of the three children with her in the mini-van are unknown. They are under care at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas.

"You just want people to pay attention to their driving, and no matter what is going on make sure that your hands are on the steering wheel and whatever is going on inside the vehicle that you limit those distractions and you pay attention to everything that is going on so that something like this doesn't occur,” Robbie Barrera with the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

Barrera says the Mazda was headed northbound and Fields' mini-van was traveling southbound. The Mazda burst into flames after the collision.

Highway 95 was closed for several hours after the crash.

People living along or near the road have felt uncomfortable for quite some time. They say there is no room for error when driving on the two lane road, so if a driver makes a mistake, they end up on the grass or headed toward oncoming traffic.

"You see cars coming really fast, zipping past you. You are kind of wondering,” Elgin resident Shelby Bruce said. “You kind of expect something like this to happen, even though you wouldn't want it to."

The exact cause of Monday's crash is still unknown, but the drivers YNN spoke to say they hope it serves as a call to action to fix a safety problem they've been dealing with for years.

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